Pep Guardiola acknowledged that his Manchester City gamers weren’t “at their best” as they had been knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid.
City gained 4-3 within the residence leg final week on the Etihad. That thrilling tie afforded the English aspect a slight edge.
Guardiola’s males seemed set for the Champions League remaining when Riyad Mahrez scored within the 73rd minute to make it 5-3 to them on combination. His fierce effort from contained in the penalty space flew into the highest nook.
Substitute Rodrygo pulled a aim again for Real Madrid within the ninetieth minute. He scored from shut vary after Karim Benzema put the ball on a plate for him.
The Brazilian scored once more moments later as his header acquired the higher of Ederson. The tie was 5-5 on combination on the remaining whistle so it went into extra-time.
With Man City shaken, Real had been awarded a penalty initially of extra-time. The referee pointed to the spot when Ruben Dias introduced down Benzema.
The in-form striker stepped as much as take the spot-kick himself. He calmly discovered the web to provide Real Madrid the lead for the primary time within the tie.
The Spanish giants held on to win 6-5 on combination. This end result denies Man City their second straight Champions League remaining.
Not our evening.
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Speaking after the loss, Guardiola was fast to encourage his gamers to “process” their European exit:
“We were close. We were close. But in the end, we could not reach it,” Guardiola admitted (quotes by way of BBC Sport).
“It is easy. In the first-half we didn’t have the sport, we weren’t adequate. But we didn’t undergo a lot. After we scored the aim we had been higher. We came upon our tempo and our recreation and the gamers had been snug.
“It isn’t like within the final 10 minutes they assault and assault and also you undergo. It didn’t occur. They put lots of gamers within the field, with Militao, Rodrygo, Vinicius, Benzema they usually put in crosses and scored two objectives.
“We didn’t play our greatest, however it’s regular, a semi-final, the gamers really feel the strain and need to do it. Football is unpredictable, it’s a recreation like this. We have to simply accept it.
“Now we need to process that and come back, with our people at home and the last four games we have.”